Thought cannot develop fully without language. Organizations are well aware of this, as they increasingly engage in story-telling; creative writing seminars proliferate; keeping a diary is an established way to achieve greater well-being and self-awareness. This book describes the bond uniting thought and narration and explains why engaging in narration, rather than merely producing a text, fosters understanding of ourselves and others. We thus discover the mechanisms by which, from childhood to adulthood, thoughts turn into words and words turn into thoughts, hence defining our identity and helping us make contact with others.
Andrea Smorti teaches Psychology of Infant, Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Florence.